Positively Parkinson’s

Symptoms & Diagnosis, Research & Treatment, Advice & Support

by Ann Andrews

Foreword by Dr Barry Snow MBChB, FRACP, FRCPC

Supported by Parkinson’s New Zealand and the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand


Thousands of people the world over have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, but many thousands more are dealing with it every day – relatives and friends, carers and health professionals. Informative, practical and uplifting, this is a book for anyone with Parkinson’s and for those who support them. It contains answers to almost any question you might ask about Parkinson’s, from symptoms and diagnosis to the latest treatments and therapies, as well as the most recent medical research into stem cells and gene therapy. Drawing on her own experience of Parkinson’s as well as that of others, author Ann Andrews offers accessible advice on how to cope with the impact of Parkinson’s on everything from employment, finance and relationships, to exercise, diet and self-care. The resulting combination of the practical and the personal sets this book apart from others on the same topic. Thoroughly researched and perceptively written, this is an empowering resource for anyone needing to adjust their life to Parkinson’s.


Ann Andrews has worked as a television and theatre producer, researcher, teacher and crisis counsellor. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in midlife. Positively Parkinson’s is the book she would have liked to read at that critical time.

Sadly Ann died in 2017, but her book continues to be much in demand.


‘I tell people who ask me about Parkinson’s that it isn’t the end of the world. You have to adapt your life to it. Everyone who has Parkinson’s should read this book. It should be their bible. It’s inspiring, reassuring and easy to follow.’  Sir John Walker, Olympic Champion

‘Ann Andrews presents this serious and often overwhelming subject in an informative and engaging way, with warmth and good humour. Her insights into her personal journey with Parkinson’s are generous in their honesty and sensitivity.’  Deirdre O’Sullivan, CEO Parkinson’s New Zealand

‘Until medical science finds a cure, people with Parkinson’s have to learn how to cope with the disease, and this book will help. It is a must-read for anyone with Parkinson’s and for their family and friends.’  Max Ritchie, Executive Director Neurological Foundation of New Zealand

ISBN: 978 1 877429 03 3

Pages: 176

Format: 228 x 152 mm, paperback

Illustrations: 4 line drawings

Published: August 2011


Rights Available: World, except North America, New Zealand, Australia